Moira Shire Council in Victoria has agreed to bring forward $250,000 of capital works to upgrade the Rowe Street pump in Numurkah. The works were originally scheduled for later in the financial year.
Acting CEO Mr Peter Bertolus said, “Last week the pump at Rowe Street failed so it makes sense to complete the upgrade works alongside repairs to the existing onsite pump.”
The pump upgrade is the first stage in a program of works that will also see works to increase the size of the Rowe Street retardation basin. Moira Shire Council has scheduled the basin works for the next financial year.
“The existing pumps and basin were designed to meet the standards of their day and the needs of fewer residential properties. The upgrade will ensure the pumps and basin meet contemporary design standards and the needs of residential development in this area,” said Mr Bertolus.
“Following tonight’s approval by Council, we will commence the public tender process that should see the new pump up and running before the middle of next year,” said Mr Bertolus.
At the same time Council intends to repair the existing damaged pump.
“Once the new pump station is operating, the existing pump will be housed locally as an emergency back-up pump,” said Mr Bertolus.
Since the 2012 floods, Moira Shire Council has completed more than $500,000 of upgrade works at the Brenion and Murray Avenue pumps in Numurkah, and is providing considerable ongoing support to the completion of the Numurkah Flood Plain Management Plan.
“As a Council we need to invest in our public infrastructure so that it keeps pace with the growth of our communities while also managing the impact on rates for residents and businesses,” said Mr Bertolus.